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Julian Kwek

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Drew & Napier LLC

Work Department

Corporate Restructuring & Workouts;
Indonesia Desk


Co-head, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts;
Co-head,  Indonesia Desk


Julian co-heads the Indonesia Group and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Practice. He focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt workouts, and corporate restructuring.

Julian has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in his field for many years by leading legal publications. In Indonesia, Julian advises foreign investors and Indonesian groups divesting equity or entering into joint ventures with foreign investors. On the debt workouts and corporate restructuring front, Julian and his team have advised on most of the largest workouts in Indonesia and also on most of the defaults involving PRC companies listed in Singapore.

Julian speaks and writes Mandarin and is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia.


English, Mandarin, Basic Bahasa Indonesia.


  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple


  • B. (Hons), University of Wales College of Cardiff (1994)
  • Barrister-at-Law, The Middle Temple (1995)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore (1996)

Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Drew & Napier LLC 's corporate practice has maintained a solid market share of public M&A and take private transactions. Clients include Sealed Air, FWD Group, Evercore Asia (Singapore) and CVC Capital Partners. The firm 'is incredibly strong in matters involving listed companies', 'is very well-coordinated, highly attentive and hands-on', with 'an exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions'. It advised Evercore Asia (Singapore), the independent financial adviser to the independent directors of Global Logistic Properties (GLP), on the $12bn acquisition of GLP by Nesta Investment Holdings.  Steven Lo has 'a razor-sharp ability to comprehend not just the technical structure but also the commercial dynamics of a takeover'  and 'can steer clients in the right strategic direction'. Experienced consultant Gary Pryke and partner Julian Kwek, who heads the Indonesia desk, are also recommended. Tan Teng Sen is 'an-up-and-coming partner' who provides 'amazing response times, a meticulous approach and an ability to work well under pressure'; he is recommended as 'a counsel of choice to investment banks and financial advisers'.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms

Within: Projects and energy – Local firms

Drew & Napier LLC is active in upstream and downstream oil and gas, and has a solid presence in the mining sector. The practice has an even balance of contentious and non-contentious work for clients such as employers, contractors, concessionaires and traders. It has a particularly fine track record acting for Japanese and Korean contractors. It recently advised Reignwood International on the rationalisation of its 70% share in the Opus Group, which has ordered $840m worth of drilling ships and acquired $200m worth of semi-submersible drilling rigs; Reignwood and another creditor have presented winding-up petitions against the holding company of Opus. Jimmy Yim SC and Mahesh Rai are key names on the contentious side, with Julian Kwek having an established track record in transactions.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms

Within: Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms

Drew & Napier LLC's team is 'one of the best', according to clients, especially for more complex matters. Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek are 'outstanding in developing and implementing effective and creative strategies that have produced successful debt restructurings in circumstances that seemed hopeless at the start'. Blossom Hing was part of the team representing two Humpuss Group companies in the shipping sector that faced a claim of around $110m by the liquidators of a former Singaporean subsidiary of the Humpuss Group. The matter resulted in the Court of Appeal clarifying the rules on service out of the jurisdiction of court proceedings commenced in Singapore. In other work, Mohan Gopalan is part of the team that is handling a huge, cross-border restructuring in the resources sector.

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